Ed-Co Community Pulls Together

By Katie Wiedemann, Reporter

EDGEWOOD - The accident Monday morning injured four Ed-Co High School students and killed another. Police say it happened while the five boys were on their way to school.

The car crashed at the Clayton-Delaware County line at the intersection of Highway 3 and Littleport Road. Steven Shellito, 15, of Edgewood died.

The driver, Derek Pritchard, 15, went to the Manchester Hospital, but there's no word yet on his condition. The other three are at University Hospitals in Iowa City. Dexter Kuehl, 15, is in good condition. Terry Scott, 16, is in fair condition. But Brandon Ahlers, 15, is in critical condition.

This is the second fatal crash involving Edgewood students in the past four months. One family who's been there is helping the families affected in this recent crash.

The Edgewood-Colesberg community knows heartache. It knows the loss of young people.

"Seven students from our school district have passed away from car accidents in the past 7 years," said Travis Bockenstedt, lost sister in traffic accident.

Last July, Travis and Hayle Bockenstedt lost their sister Andrea, 13, in a car accident. Her friend, 10 year old Aaron Kimball also died in that accident.

"Andrea was on the way to Adventureland with a friend when it happened. And just like any other accident, we never expected anything like this to happen," said Travis.

"All my neighbors, classmates that I didn't even really talk to, everybody was there," said Hayle Bockenstedt.

Travis says this community pulled together to help his family get through the pain. And now the Bockenstedts say its their turn to help the grieving community. Especially the Shellito family.

"Steven has one brother, and he's older, and he's in Iraq right now," said Hayle.

"To have our community go through this again so soon I think its very hard. And I think we need to come together," said Travis.

A message from two people who's pain is still very raw. They understand how this feels.

Authorities continue to investigate the cause of Monday's crash. In the past seven years, seven Edgewood students have died in traffic accidents.

Emergency workers we talked to remember the accident in October 2000 that killed four students. Investigators say the driver of the car in that accident was drunk.
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